Introduction to Telepathy GLib

The Telepathy GLib contains a library used by GLib based Telepathy components. Telepathy is a D-Bus framework for unifying real time communication, including instant messaging, voice calls and video calls. It abstracts differences between protocols to provide a unified interface for applications.



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Package Information

Telepathy GLib Dependencies


dbus-glib-0.112 and libxslt-1.1.39




Installation of Telepathy Glib

If you intend to run the tests, one of them defaults to invoking /usr/bin/python and fails if it is absent, causing the second batch of tests to not run - unlike the other tests which can be overridden from the environment. Fix it with the following command:

sed -i 's%/usr/bin/python%&3%' tests/

Install Telepathy GLib by running the following commands:

PYTHON=/usr/bin/python3 ./configure --prefix=/usr          \
                                    --enable-vala-bindings \
                                    --disable-static       &&

To test the results, issue: make check.

Now, as the root user:

make install

Command Explanations

--enable-vala-bindings: This switch enables building of the Vala bindings. Remove if you don't have Vala-0.56.14 installed.

--disable-static: This switch prevents installation of static versions of the libraries.

--enable-gtk-doc: Use this parameter if GTK-Doc is installed and you wish to rebuild and install the API documentation.


Installed Programs: None
Installed Libraries:
Installed Directories: /usr/include/telepathy-1.0 and /usr/share/gtk-doc/html/telepathy-glib

Short Descriptions

contains the Telepathy GLib API functions